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Real Change for Students

Real Change for Students

Becoming More Like Jesus in Everyday Life (Study Guide with Leader's Notes)

Six-week, biblically rich course for students 14-18yr olds helps young adults wrestle with what it looks like to become more like Jesus

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Suitable for 15-19yr olds

Published by New Growth Press in the USA, Real Change for Students is aimed at young people from age 15 - 19+, and includes new material to help youth leaders navigate the safeguarding issues that these conversations could raise. While the essential material is transferable to any age and stage, some UK students at university and beyond may find the scenarios and tone of the original Real Change more suited to them.
- Andrew Nicholls and Helen Thorne, Authors

Every honest Christian knows the need for change. But how to get there? How do young adults move forward from struggles both big and small? And how does our faith in God affect our everyday thoughts, feelings, and actions?

In this six-session small group resource for students, participants have the opportunity to reflect on one particular area in their lives and then to learn more about how God changes us to become more like Jesus. All of us struggle to love God and those around us, but God has promised to keep working on us. And God always keeps his promises. The change his gospel produces will make your life and your relationships truly beautiful.

This self-contained resource with leader’s notes will encourage small group participants to understand and apply a biblical view of change to their lives and relationships.

Real Change for Students is based on the CCEF model of change from David Powlison’s course, Dynamics of Biblical Change. The easy-to-use six lesson format and included leader’s guide encourages students toward an honest discussion of their own struggles while providing an understanding of how a relationship with Christ brings change.

Topics addressed include understanding how we typically respond to trouble and pressure; how the cross of Christ brings comfort, help, and change; and how we can grow to be like Christ in the hardest circumstances.

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  • Introduction

  • 1. Session 1: Change

  • 2. Session 2: Heart

  • 3. Session 3: Thorns

  • 4. Session 4: Cross

  • 5. Session 5: Fruit

  • 6. Session 6: Real Change

  • Leader's Guide


Age range: 15+
Contributors Andrew Nicholls, Helen Thorne
ISBN 9781645070580
Format Paperback
First published September 2019
Dimensions 153mm x 228mm x 5mm
Weight 0.14 kg
Language English
Pages 96
Publisher New Growth Press

Bryan Pickering

Pastor for Care & Counseling, Bethlehem Baptist Church Downtown Campus

Having taken CCEF's Dynamics of Biblical Change course as a student and having it taught several times as a recitation instructor for CCEF and for our church, I've long known that the material is tremendously beneficial for helping people know the God of the Bible better and understand how biblical change works. However, answering the question, ‘how do we get this information more widely disseminated among the people at our church—especially through our small groups?’ has been elusive to me. Real Change is just the resource I've been looking for! Andrew Nicholls and Helen Thorne have created an effective tool for introducing more people to the basics of how the process of being changed more and more into the image of Christ over time works in the life of a Christian. It's short in duration (six sessions), making it ideal for a Sunday school or small group curriculum. And yet it is faithful to communicate the essence of David Powlison's Dynamics course. I am eager to commend and utilize this new tool for creating more discipleship opportunities in our church.

Steve Midgley

Executive Director, Biblical Counselling UK; senior minister, Christ Church, Cambridge

God intends every believer to grow into the likeness of Christ—and because we all have such a long way to go it’s never too soon to get going. This edition of Real Change is a resource specifically designed to help students apply the power of the gospel to the details of life. It is an engaging, manageable, and thoroughly biblical exploration of spiritual growth. Buy it and use it with your friends.

Pavel N. Bugriyev

Youth Pastor, Hilltown Baptist Church

Finally! This book is long overdue! Real Change gives light to unlit paths of guiding students to a lifestyle of cross-centered faith and repentance. As a student walks across the stage on graduation, you can be confident that no matter what trials or failures they encounter they’ll know how to examine their own hearts and turn to Christ. I look forward to giving a copy to every one of our youth leaders!

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